Volume 4, Issue 3
January 18, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: January 20, 2019
Second Sunday After The Epiphany
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11
Psalm 36:5-10

Cami Pascua (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Dee Grigsby (AG)

Dileep Bal (EM)
Nelson Secretario, CeCe Caldwell (R)
Mario Antonio, Alfonso Murillo (U)
Jan Hashizume (AG)
Raiden (A)
Mabel Antonio, Flora Rubio (HP)
Habitat for Humanity Workday
Saturday, Jan. 19 th
Carpool from Church

Vestry Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 22 th
Church Office

Daughters of the King
Thursday, Jan. 24 th
Memorial Hall

Annual Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 27 th
Breakfast Potluck, 8:00AM
Meeting, 8:15-9:15AM

Church Work Day
Saturday, Feb. 2 nd

Adult Bible Study on Weekly Gospel
Every Sunday, 9:00-9:30AM
Under the big tree

Sunday School
Every Sunday, 9:30-10:15AM
Memorial Hall

Aloha Hour
Every Sunday,10:45AM - 12PM
Under the big tree

Monday Crew
Every Monday, 8:00AM
Church Office
Laundry Love
1 st & 3 rd Wednesday, 5:30PM
Kapa`a Laundromat

McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
Every Wednesday, 6:00PM

Choir Practice
Every Thursday, 6:00PM
Choir Room

Daughters of the King
2 nd & 4 th Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall
All Saints' 2019 Annual Parish Meeting
On Sunday January 27 th  we will gather for our Annual Parish Meeting. There will be only one service that day, at 9:30AM. Breakfast will be potluck. If you did not sign up to bring a specific dish, feel free bring something to share if you are able. But don't feel obligated. There will be plenty of food! Breakfast will be available at 8:00AM and the meeting is scheduled for 8:15 - 9:15AM.

During the Annual Parish Meeting we will elect new Vestry members and 2019 Diocese Convention Delegates.


We will elect the following to the Vestry:
  • One "at-large" member of Vestry; three-year term
  • A youth representative to Vestry; one-year term
  • A Junior Warden; one-year term.

Nominations for Vestry members and Junior Warden are now being accepted. Candidates and/or a person nominating a candidate are required to complete and submit a   Vestry Nomination Form. Nomination Forms are available in the Church Office and will also be available during both services this Sunday.

Dynamic, diverse, thoughtful, passionate, and prayerful leadership is essential to nurturing and growing our faith community. The work of the Vestry is instrumental in embracing our mission, shaping our vision, and supporting the ministries of the Church. We cannot and should not be a community that has to beg and/or strong-arm people into accepting a role on Vestry. 

We hope and pray, that our members will eagerly discern and pray about offering their gifts and talents to the Vestry. Serving on Vestry is a wonderful ministry and a truly blessed opportunity. Prior Vestry experience is not required, nor is prior ministry leadership experience. Vestry does not require a huge amount of time-about 2-3 hours a month. Please do consider submitting your name for the Vestry.


We will elect five delegates (and alternates) to attend the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii's Annual Convention October 25 and 26, 2019, on the island of O`ahu. Candidates and/or a person nominating a candidate are required to complete and submit a Diocese Convention Delegate Nomination Form. Nomination Forms are available in the Church Office and will also be available during both services this Sunday.

The Diocesan Convention is the primary representative governing body of the diocese. It convenes annually in October to conduct diocesan business, including election of various leadership bodies; approval of a budget for the upcoming year; setting mission strategy; and establishing diocesan policy and procedure by considering and voting on resolutions and approving changes to the diocesan constitution and canons. It is also an occasion for communication and teaching from the Bishop. The Convention allows delegates to connect with other Church leaders, share ministry ideas, and to gather for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist together as a diocesan community.

  • There will be no Adult Bible Study due to the Annual Parish Meeting.
Seeking Sound System Technicians
Do you have a good ear? Do you like fancy toys? Do we have a job for you!

Volunteers are needed to help manage the All Saints’ sound system during Sunday services. This involves running an iPad application that is a “digital sound board”. The sound technician monitors speaker output and makes adjustments to maximize sound quality. No prior experience is required and you will receive plenty of training prior to taking control of the board. While the Church has an iPad, we would appreciate it if you could provide your own.

Please volunteer and join me, Ron Morinishi, and Wayne Doliente in this rewarding ministry.


Bill Caldwell
One 'Ohana Team Implementing the 2017 Strategic Design Plan
One ‘Ohana team,

We will be kicking off the new year with our first Habitat workday on Saturday, Jan 19 th . As you may know, the Habitat org had the goal to complete 17 homes in 2018, but fell a bit short. While many of the homes that we started on several months ago are at or near completion, some homes are still in the early stages and need our help to complete construction. Please let me know if you can help out in any way. As usual, we will be carpooling from All Saints' at 6:45AM and meeting at St John’s to store our lunches at 7:30AM. We will get to the Habitat worksite in Eleele by 7:45AM, so please join us.

Ron Morinishi
Prayer for the Search Committee
Da All Saints’ Shadow Wants to Know

Did you notice that each week your Epistle has presented a different Search Committee Prayer? Pay attention and see if you can spot the differences.

If you have a favorite “Prayer for the Search Committee”, please send it to your  Epistle Staff and we’ll be glad to publish it in an upcoming issue.
A Prayer for the Search Committee

O God, you know us better than we know ourselves. Guide the Search Committee and the Vestry in our search for a new Rector for All Saints’. Empower each one of us to use our unique ministries, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others, and to encourage humility, patience, and joy. Instill in us a vision of the Church’s family; that guided by your Holy Spirit we will be united in love and joyfully accomplish this mission, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Modified from Church of the Good Shepherd , Pitman, NJ

Mahalo nui loa to the All Saints’ Search Committee.

  • Linda Crocker
  • Collin Darrell 
  • Victor Punua Jr. 
  • Diane Sato
  • Vikki Secretario
  • Curtis Shiramizu
  • Dianne Tabura
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What Does It Mean?
Miracles are described in the New Testament as powers, signs, portents, and strange things. A miracle is an event in time that is perceived by the senses of those who witness it. Miracles reflect the direct activity of God which transcends the usual order of nature for a religious purpose. In New Testament times, miracles were not considered to be breaches of the natural law. Jesus' miracles were "deed events" of the coming Kingdom of God. The New Testament includes accounts of Jesus' healing miracles, nature miracles in which he exercises power over the forces of nature, exorcisms, and occasions in which a miracle illustrates an important saying or pronouncement by Jesus. The Sunday gospels of the BCP lectionary use miracle stories from Jesus' ministry to proclaim the saving message of the gospel made present in word and sacrament. They are especially featured in the Sundays after Epiphany in Year B. In this context the miracles are understood as epiphanies or manifestations of the divine Christ.
This glossary is intended to be a handy, quick, general reference for Episcopalians. It will appear occasionally in  The Epistle  and will include material specific to the Episcopal Church and its history and polity, liturgy and theology, as well as subjects relevant to the whole church. If you have a question, please send it to your  Epistle Staff

To see the complete glossary from the Episcopal Church please click here .
Oikonomos “The Manager of the Household"
Stewardship in the Bible is one of the essential lessons you need to learn as a disciple of Christ. But today, stewardship is often misunderstood, partially grasped, or not on anyone’s radar at all. Sometimes it's even confused with tithing in the bible.

So, what do you think about when you hear the word “steward”?

  • Do you think about your finances?
  • Do you have visions of your church running a giving campaign?
  • Does taking care of the environment come to mind?

All of these ideas and much more are parts of what it means to be a steward. But they don't paint a complete picture of the meaning of biblical stewardship.

In short: Biblical stewardship is one of the primary ways God calls us to live our life. 

It’s a theme in the Bible you can trace from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a calling rooted in creation, highlighted throughout the Bible, and influences the way you live your life for the glory of God.

In this series, we're going answer some common questions and highlight the big themes of what it means to be a steward, including:

  • What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?
  • Bible verses about stewardship
  • Examples of stewardship in the Bible
  • Who's the Lord of your life?

Before we dive into Bible verses about stewardship, let’s start by defining what it means to be a steward.

What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?

Has someone ever asked you to watch their kids? Are you responsible for managing an office or people on behalf of an employer? Do you have a financial advisor overseeing your investments?

If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then you are or have been a steward.

In general, to steward is to manage something on someone’s behalf. Whether a family member, friend, or employer asks you to watch over something, then you're stewarding—managing—whatever they entrusted to your care.

In the Bible, stewardship is another way of talking about how you live your life. In the New Testament, the word “steward” is rooted in the Greek word “oikonomos,” which means “the manager of a household.”

If you were a steward in Ancient Greek culture, you were not the owner of the house. Instead you would have been the manager of the house and the household affairs. From making sure the home was clean to managing the finances and perhaps servants, you would have managed everything on behalf of the owner.

In light of Bible verses about stewardship, you’ll see that your life is not your own. Your life is on loan from God—regardless if you acknowledge this or not—and God calls you to steward everything about your life for his glory and the good of others.

Nelson Secretario
Episcopal Delegation Heralds Progress in Addressing Climate Change at COP24 in Poland

By David Paulsen
[Episcopal News Service] A delegation of Episcopalians who represented Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at this month’s United Nations climate conference in Poland is heralding the conference members’ agreement on next steps toward reining in global warming – and the successful resolution of a key impasse over word choice.

The Episcopal delegation “bore witness to significant developments in international climate change policy,” the delegation’s leader, California Bishop Marc Andrus, said this week in a written statement about the conclusion of COP24, known officially as the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change .

Nearly 200 countries met Dec. 2-14 in Katowice, Poland, with the goal of developing a framework for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, which seeks to keep global warming under the threshold of 2 degrees Celsius that scientists predict is necessary to prevent a spiraling catastrophe of melting glaciers, rising sea levels and related weather extremes.

In 2016, the Episcopal Church was granted U.N. observer status, which allows members of the delegation to brief U.N. representatives on the Episcopal Church’s General Convention climate resolutions and to attend related meetings. At COP24, the delegation promoted a more ambitious goal of keeping global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Andrus said most member nations “acknowledged the need to ramp up ambitions for reducing carbon emissions, while also attending to a ‘just transition’ for the most heavily impacted countries who are also the most under-resourced for adaption.”

COP24 President Michał Kurtyka called the successful negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement “a great achievement.”

“Our common efforts didn’t consist solely of producing texts or defending national interests,” Kurtyka said in an online statement . “We were conscious of our responsibility to people and commitment for the fate of Earth, which is our home and the home of future generations who will come after us.”

“Our delegation, through our meetings with negotiators, our presentations and our side events, worked tirelessly to bring our church’s own unique voice to COP24,” Andrus said. They also participated in panel discussions, conferred with ecumenical partners and joined worship and prayer services.

“What I hope Episcopalians will know from our small, singular experience in Katowice is that their voices matter,” Andrus said, and he encouraged anyone interested in these issues to follow the Episcopal Public Policy Network . “Advocacy is the way we express our faith in action.”
Excerpted from the Episcopal News Service. To read the full story, please click HERE .

– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org .
Mark Your Calendars!
The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will be with us in the Diocese of Hawaiʻi on March 22-24, 2019. Please mark your calendars particularly for Friday (March 22), Saturday (March 23) and Sunday (March 24). More information about the visit will be forthcoming.
January 17, 2019
Thursday was the feast day of St. Antony, the most well-known of the Desert Fathers. He was the first of those Fourth Century monastics who took up residence in the desert beyond the outskirts of civilization.

St. Antony was a well-off Christian in the time just after Christianity became an accepted religion in the empire of Constantine. He was moved by the story in the Gospel of Mark of the rich young man who asked Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life and was told to sell everything he owned, give the money to the poor, and follow Christ. Antony took him up on it.

He wound up in a little hut in the Egyptian desert, where he eked out a living doing manual labor and braiding rope which he would then sell. He pared down his needs to the bare minimum, and he made the study of scripture and prayer his main pursuits.

As have so many who have come after him, he discovered that when you make a grand gesture like giving everything away, you are merely at the doorway of a life of following Christ. He was bored, anxious, plagued by demons and temptations. What was he to do next?

Inspired by a vision, he learned the rhythm of work and prayer. Over many years he faced his demons, discovered how to befriend his shadow, and became versed in true humility and authentic love.

He was shown in another vision the man who was his counterpart. This fellow was a doctor in a city. He only took what of his earnings he needed, giving the rest away to the poor. And he worked tirelessly for healing for all who came to him.

Each of us has a way uniquely our own to follow Jesus. Central to them all is wrestling with our demons, praying regularly, and giving away what we do not need. Being disciples is a life-long journey. Over time we become clearer in our understanding and more authentic in our love. And thus do we find the salvation that was there all along.

The preceding article appeared in the Episcopal Cafe . To learn more please visit their website at https://www.episcopalcafe.co m .

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Please note, we do not accept food items that are not mentioned on the monthly list and we do not accept clothing, toys or similar items unless a specific plea for such items is published in the Epistle. Your Epistle Staff will inform you of any special requests for donations.
“Whose Am I?”: Jesus Models the Baptismal Answer
Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist. He then goes out into the wilderness, where he is tempted by the devil. Jesus counters the temptations with passages from Deuteronomy, and then the devil leaves him.

After his time of trial in the wilderness, Jesus begins his ministry in the synagogue, where he announces the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecies through himself. The people reject his teaching and try to drive him out of town. 
Matt Lemmler's JAZZ SINGER NIGHT 2!
On Friday, February 8 th at 7:00PM, New Orleans Jazz Professor Matt Lemmler will showcase KISS’s Jazz Singer Night 2, featuring six Kauai-based singer/students — Barbara Pendragon, Melissa Mojo, Christine Melamed, Dhyana Dunville, Diana Leone and Mary Ellen Kopitzke — singing jazz classics from the great American songbook.

The concert will also feature three special guests: Award-winning Northwest vocal jazz icon Greta Matassa, Seattle-based virtuoso jazz bassist Clipper Anderson and Kauai’s own talented singer/musician Alan Van Zee.

The show starts at 7:00PM at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 4364 Hardy Street in Lihue. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Visit kisskauai.org or buy tickets here.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"
Please submit your story ideas to the Epistle Staff at epistle@allsaintskauai.org.